Railway and transport associations sell tickets for 9 euro | Free press

The sale of a monthly ticket for EUR 9 starts. High demand is expected – followed by an associated influx of passengers.

Berlin (dpa) -.

Deutsche Bahn and numerous transport associations and companies will start selling a 9-euro-monthly ticket on Monday.

For example, in the DB Navigator train app, the ticket will be available “from the early hours of the morning,” a train spokesman said. Sales will begin at DB Travel Centers “as soon as they open”. Some shipping companies and cities have already started selling in the last few days. In Wuppertal, interested parties could even buy a ticket on Wednesday before it was approved by the Bundestag and Bundesrat.

With the monthly pass, passengers can use local and regional public transport throughout the country from next month – in all cities and at all network borders. Special tickets are to be offered for June, July and August – each for 9 euro per month, which is much cheaper than regular monthly tickets. Despite criticism and skepticism from the Länder, the Federal Council approved the project on Friday.

If you already have a monthly or yearly subscription, you don’t need to worry about anything else. “Discounts are automatically applied to existing subscriptions, so that only nine euros are charged per month,” says the transport association Berlin-Brandenburg, for example. The discounts will later be transferred back to the respective customer account.

Part of the support package

Cheap tickets are part of the traffic light coalition’s aid package due to soaring energy prices. At the same time, they should be a large tasting campaign to attract more passengers and encourage them to change their car. Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) spoke about the opportunity for local public transport and climate-friendly mobility.

In accordance with the law passed on Friday, the federal government provides the federal states with, inter alia, 2.5 billion euros to compensate for the loss of revenue from carriers. The states previously called for more money for public transportation in general.

Rail and bus operators and transport associations are gearing up for a greater influx of passengers – full trains to tour destinations are expected, especially on weekends. (dpa)

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